Claiming that he was treated unfairly by Spain's tax authorities, Ronaldo - now playing in the Confederations Cup with Portugal - has reportedly expressed his desire to leave Real.
Former club Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a swoop for the 32-year-old. Ever since then there have been numerous reports saying that he wants to leave Real Madrid in the summer.
Real have always been admirers of the Belgian winger and have repeatedly tried to sign him in the past, and now he could be used as a pawn to snatch Ronaldo from under United's nose.
Ronaldo has starred since joining Madrid in 2009, winning the Champions League three times and LaLiga twice. The Argentine midfielder is accused of failing to pay some 1.3 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.More news: Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left
Don Balon writes that Brazilian full-back Marcelo, who is close friend of Ronaldo, will also consider his future if his mate is allowed to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez's recent comments should come as a big relief for Madrid fans everywhere.
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly received support from an unlikely source as he deals with allegations of avoiding tax on his image rights.
"Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho did not sign any contract on the 31st of March 2010 for him to take over the role of coach, as is wrongly asserted by the aforementioned newspaper".